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For more than a decade, Western governments have been helping Russia to remove nuclear fuel from decommissioned submarines docked in the Kola Peninsula, the region of Russia closest to Scandinavia. But further east lies an intact nuclear submarine at the bottom of the Kara Sea, and its highly enriched uranium fuel is a potential time bomb.

On the western flank there lies a closed military zone – the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. It was where the USSR tested hydrogen bombs – above ground in the early days. Besides K-27, official figures show that the Soviet military dumped a huge quantity of nuclear waste in the Kara Sea: 17,000 containers and 19 vessels with radioactive waste, as well as 14 nuclear reactors, five of which contain hazardous spent fuel. Low-level liquid waste was simply poured into the sea.

Norwegian experts and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are satisfied that there is no evidence of a radiation leak – the Kara Sea’s radioisotope levels are normal.

WHAT?

SAY AGAIN?

Once more: “Norwegian experts and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are satisfied that there is no evidence of a radiation leak – the Kara Sea’s radioisotope levels are normal”.

This strikes as odd when you first hear it. But isn’t the same thing that hapenned in Chernobyl? For years now we think the area surrounding Chernobyl is void of life due to the ecological “disaster”.

But this is how Chernobyl looks like now:

Chernobyl-Today-A-Creepy-Story-told-in-Pictures-buildings1Yes, Life always finds a way to prevail. It is one of its intrinsic characteristics – it is like life is just the default path from which everythings passes through.

As for the “disaster disaster!” pseudo-ecological screams that terrorize us? Well, I can guess of some reasons. But I would be too harsh to write them down…

Stay cool. Be alive.

We are not so powerful so as to destroy life.

Only our selves…

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